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The Doomsday Flight (1966)

Approved | | Thriller | TV Movie 13 December 1966
A bomb on board an airliner has an altitude-sensitive trigger. Unless a ransom is paid, it will explode when the plane descends to land.

Director:

William A. Graham (as William Graham)

Writer:

Rod Serling
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Special Agent Frank Thompson
Edmond O'Brien ... The Man
Katherine Crawford ... Jean
John Saxon ... George Ducette
Van Johnson ... Capt. Anderson
Tom Simcox ... Chipps - Flight Engineer
Michael Sarrazin ... Army Corporal
Edward Asner ... Feldman
Malachi Throne ... Bartender
Robert Pickering Robert Pickering ... Willoughby
Jan Shepard Jan Shepard ... Mrs. Thompson
Greg Morris ... Balaban - FBI Agent (as Gregg Morris)
Richard Carlson ... Chief Pilot Bob Shea
David Lewis ... Mr. Rierdon
Howard Caine ... L.A. Dispatcher
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A bomb is planted on board an airplane, with an altitude-sensitive trigger. It will explode when the plane descends through the altitude of 5,000 feet, unless the ransom demanded is paid. Written by Anonymous

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A madman, a bomb, and a crowded jetliner - in a skyful of drama and suspense!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Doomsday Flight See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This early made-for-TV movie only received one NBC network airing as opposed to the usual two. The network shied away as it was thought that it was too detailed and could serve as a textbook for airplane terrorism. See more »

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The opening credits show a Boeing 707 making a landing approach, then the shot cuts to the landing gear of a B-52 touching the runway. See more »

Quotes

Special Agent Frank Thompson: [to the man who planted the bomb] Mister, you picked a lousy time to die!
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Referenced in Call Me Mr. Brown (1990) See more »

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The Doomsday Flight: Meh!
15 November 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

The Doomsday Flight was a made for television movie penned by the legendary Rod Sterling starring Edward Asner and John Saxon.

It tells the story of a lunatic who puts a bomb aboard a commercial plane which will go off if it attempts to land. Those onboard are forced to team with law enforcement and airport personnel on the ground to resolve the issue before the plane runs out of fuel.

Doesn't sound all too original right? Well that's because it isn't, however it does put a decent enough spin on the premise and the finale is considerably smarter than you'd imagine.

It's highly generic stuff, even Saxon's performance is immediatly forgettable but there was a lot worse available around this time.

One thing that struck me was Asner, now for those unfamiliar with him Edward Asner has been a star of stage and screen since the late 50's and simply never stopped. The man is the definition of a work horse, with hundreds of projects on his filmography it's incredible he isn't a household name.

I'm now writing this in 2018, he's still not stopped and this year at the ripe old age of 88 years old he's done about a dozen things and has about another dozen either completed, in post production or announced. The man is a beast, all the respect in the world to him. What saddens me is in his whole career combined he's probably made what the average Hollywood star does per movie these days and has recieved such little recognition or spotlight for his vast contributions.

Uninspired but bareable stuff.

The Good:

Clever ending

The Bad:

Painfully generic

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Denver is exactly 1 mile above sea level

Bad guys don't always need motivation, sometimes they're just nuts


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